Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spot the Arctic Bird

Big Fun, Small Prize Funny how birds can disappear into a scene. Sometime just a photographic co-incidence, often an illustration of plumage adaptation to surroundings. Within the photo below is a bird taken in the Arctic which I will talk about more in the next … Continue reading

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King Eider Harbour

Båtsfjord: the King’s Harbour Twice I have donned brightly coloured Arctic jumpsuits and headed out in a zodiac from a base in Båtsfjord Harbour on the exposed northern fringe of Varanger, Arctic Norway. Both represent unique Arctic experiences. The first was the ‘Blue Fulmar Pelagic’ in May 2011. The … Continue reading

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Arctic Alcids and Arctic Redpolls

and Arctic Weather. Thursday began in glorious winter wonderland in the Pasvik Valley and ended  in a polar blast as we arrived in Vardø on the Hurtigruten ferry. Arctic Redpoll performed marvelously in the Birkhuskey area, together with trumpeting Northern Bullfinches  Pine Grosbeaks and Siberian Jays. A heard … Continue reading

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Taiga Birding Day 2: Gullfest 2013

Hard to find words. Superlatives.oft repeated end up sounding empty. Trying to write this post I had to run out for the second night running to witness sky-filling aurora. Alongside hilarity  filled company, there was Alaskan Husky driven sleds across the Taiga, a snowmobile ride, reindeer soup and … Continue reading

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Into the Taiga Zone

Excellent ‘warm-up’ This male Pine Grosbeak (Alonza Garbett) was a new bird for 5 of our group. Rock n roll! The snow doesn’t melt, it just moves. Fierce winds have whipped the north Norwegian landscape into peaks of whipped cream. Nearer the coast … Continue reading

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The Northerners in Oslo

Day One. Warm-up A rather manic day. Facebook status reads: finally made it to little B and B in Oslo after 4;30 am start. Lovely Sharon Garner and Abi Garner took me at 4:45 am to York. Train was on the board … Continue reading

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North American Redpolls

Redpolls, redpolls, redpolls, and the usual cautionary tales. by Matt Young Audio Production Engineer  Cornell Lab of Ornithology As fall of 2012-13 set in, many of us here in the States knew a large wide-scale invasion of northern finches was … Continue reading

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Gullfest ll. A Full Program!

Later this week… To see full program just scroll down …I will be speaking in the iconic ‘North Pole Pub’ in Vardo, Varanger, Arctic Norway (what a cool address don’t you think?). My love with the Arctic is undiminished though I am nervous about leaving … Continue reading

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Spurn Caravan for Sale

Gotta go! Having moved just up t’road to Flamborough Village, the Garner family has no more need of our caravan at Spurn. So it’s for sale. We have had loads of fun over the last 4 years, now with lots of  family, birding and wildlife memories. … Continue reading

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